CEVA wins three year contract extension with Spanish DIY chain
CEVA Logistics, one of the world's leading supply chain companies, has won a three year extension...
CEVA Logistics, one of the world's leading supply chain companies, has won a three year extension and expansion of its contract with one of Spain's leading home decoration and do-it-yourself (DIY) companies, AKI.
CEVA has worked continuously with AKI since 2010 and today it has a dedicated team of almost 100 employees who operate a 30,000 sq m centralised, multi user hub for the company at Ontigola, Spain. From there it receives, picks, handles, prepares orders and distributes a wide range of stock from the smallest light bulb through to a full range of garden furniture.
To further support the expansion of the business, CEVA has begun implementation of an ecommerce service for AKI in addition to the 35 stores it already supplies around Spain. The new service will run alongside the existing operation and enables CEVA to introduce operational synergies which will maximize efficiency. It has also opened an additional facility at Ocana, where CEVA will dedicate 5,000 sq m to cater for further growth in the AKI service offering, such as the opening of several urban stores, a new concept by AKI, in the coming years.
“The great advantage of managing both distribution channels is that we can cross-reference information and therefore implement highly accurate stock control for both the retail and online sides of AKI’s business,” states CEVA’s Managing Director of Iberia, Marco Galbusera. “This will also be a valuable tool as we grow our relationship in the future when AKI looks to open some 13 additional stores between now and 2019,” he adds.
On AKI’s behalf, CEVA is responsible for managing some 250 product providers and in excess of 1.5 million product lines.
Adds AKI’s Logistics Director, Miguel Ángel García: “The contract renewal with CEVA offers us the economic and operative assurance we need to accomplish the amount of projects we have on the table for the coming years.”
CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading non-asset based supply-chain management companies, designs and implements industry leading solutions for large and medium-size national and multinational companies. Approximately 42,000 employees in more than 170 countries are dedicated to delivering effective and robust supply-chain solutions across a variety of sectors where CEVA applies its operational expertise to provide best-in-class services across its integrated network. For more information, please visit www.cevalogistics.com
Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force
The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration.
The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing.
“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said.
In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”.
In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips.
Support domestic production of critical medicines
- A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration.
- The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”.
- The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.
Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries
- The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”.
- The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”.
Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals
- An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”.
- The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.
Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages
- The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing.
- Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”.